A day full of music and celebration is being planned in London to mark the Tragically Hip’s final show on their “Man Machine Poem” summer tour.
Fans of the band are invited to attend ‘Long Time Running’ on Saturday August 20th at London Music Hall. The event was organized in collaberation with Tourism London and London’s Best Rock FM96.
It’ll feature both daytime programming geared towards youth, and evening programming that is 19+, featuring many emerging regional artists to be announced in the coming weeks.
London fans attending the event will be able to record a 30 second video message thanking Canada’s most iconic band, with the videos being shared online following their final concert.
Evening programming will begin at 4p.m. and include regional emerging artists performing Tragically Hip songs leading up to the CBC’s stream of the Kingston show.
Admission will be free, but fans will be encouraged to make donations at the door. All of money collected will be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation on behalf of fund raising efforts the band is making on their final tour.
“Our goal is to come together to celebrate the music and to recognize the support The Tragically Hip have given to emerging bands throughout their entire career,” said Chris Campbell, Director of Culture and Entertainment Tourism at Tourism London in a media release. “They have done so much for other artists and their fans and London appreciates all they have given.”
Tickets for the in-demand Man Machine Poem tour have been hard to come by ever since frontman Gord Downie revealed he has incurable brain cancer.
The Tragically Hip included London in their 15-date Canada-only tour that will also travel through Ottawa, Hamilton, Toronto, Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg before wrapping in Kingston.
The Hip play in London on August 8th.
News of the broadcast will be a relief for frustrated fans who couldn’t get tickets. The shows were sold out in minutes when tickets went up for sale.
Downie revealed last month he was diagnosed in December with an aggressive, incurable form of brain cancer — glioblastoma. Downie vowed to join his band mates for a summer tour in support of the new album.
The Kingston show will be broadcast commercial free on CBC August 20th at 8:30 p.m. ET. It will also be streamed online.
“FM96 has been there step for step with The Tragically Hip since we introduced this band to London in the late 80’s. For their final show, we will say goodbye like we said hello, with a beer in our hand and friends by our side,” said Brad Gibb, Program Director FM96.